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TONY CONRAD (US)
SONS OF GOD (SW)
EVP Project (MB / QC)
Atomic Centre, 167 Logan Ave. | Doors 7:30 | Concert 8:00 | Entry: $15
Winnipeg musician Curran Faris has been recording and performing as Greenhouse since 2009. With albums released on labels such as Reverb Worship and Prairie Fire Tapes, Faris has performed in galleries and rock venues alike. Greenhouse sees Faris exploring atypical guitar sounds that are more akin to the austere textures found in noise and electronic music, while still utilizing the guitar as the primary sound source. The results are sprawling, textural soundscapes that are minimal and immersive, atmospheric and melodic, noisy and soothing.
Swedish artists Leif Elggren and Kent Tankred have worked in the arts for over 20 years. In 1988 they formed the duo The Sons of God (Guds Söner), a constellation which moves freely between performance, music, and the visual arts, and whose productions often reach a point where traditional aesthetic boundaries, limitations, and concepts are eliminated. The Sons of God observe and document, experiment and ask questions, build up and tear down, empowering the viewer to take what they want or simply leave. The Sons of God are radical in their approach, and their work brings something truly innovative and special to this edition of the festival.
A pioneering force behind the evolution of American minimalism, legendary artist Tony Conrad works within the idea of Eternal Music, a droning, mesmerizing performance idiom which employs long durations, amplification, and precise pitch to explore new worlds of sound. On this very special occasion Conrad will conclude our Friday night event by presenting one of his renowned solo performances for amplified violin. With a history of radical and conceptual contributions to music, film, and visual art, it’s a great honour to present Tony Conrad here at our 15th edition.
VOICES FROM BEYOND: THE EVP PROJECT
Susurros, la difunta Deolinda (Murmures, la défunte Deolinda / Whispers, the Deceased Deolinda)
MALENA SZLAM (QC)
This haunting work will be installed in the centre space at Atomic on this evenings’ program as part of Voices from Beyond: the EVP Project.
I want to take this opportunity to thank you ever so much for making A Total Spectacle an absolutely fantastic experience =-) I’m deeply grateful to all the artists for their amazing projects, energy and dialogue, the writer and reviewers who contributed compelling insights, the many rockin’ organizational partners — including the Canada Council — for their interest and support, and most of all, the visitors, many of whom offered generous feedback making me realize that the last five years thinking about/two years developing this project was genuinely worthwhile. THANK YOU!!
I trust there will be no shortage of corporate spectacle to gag on going forward, but this one grabbed my attention this morning, so I’d love to share it as a closing note…
On June 6, WalMart hosted a star studded morale boosting gathering for a handful of its employees. Hugh Jackman served as MC, and Tom Cruise delivered something of a keynote speech in which he praised WalMart as role model for how business can “make a difference”, including improving the lives of low income women around the world. Uh, okay. This while WalMart workers fight for the right to strike for a living wage, and while WalMart refuses to sign a binding agreement that would implement industry-wide safety standards protecting garment workers, many of whom are women. In fact, Kalpona Akter, a workers’ rights activist from Bangladesh, led a protest outside of WalMart’s shareholder meeting in Arkansas just last week…
ps. I’ve also FINALLY posted the DIY/Self-Serve video screening, for anyone interested in a few documentaries, news reports, and other interesting tid-bits … find it here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BwEsF5mrDxlKekl5dWFSSHU2NGc/edit
– Milena Placentile, Curator of A Total Spectacle
“Frames of Mediation and the Spectacle of Everyday Life” written by Martin Zeilinger for A Total Spectacle is finally online! In this text, Martin uses the Inglewood Police Chase viral video as a point of entry to discuss how we are inundated with spectacle so layered that, pulled in and out of scenarios sometimes too ridiculous to be anything but true, we become unsure of anything and thus well primed to accept whatever capitalism throws at us next, often without flinching.
A Total Spectacle is thrilled to partner with Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art in the presentation of “Face-Off: Latina Artists in the Techno Sphere” with Praba Pilar.
The sphere of technology is expanding exponentially into public and private space, raising complex questions. In this talk, Pilar examines the spectrum of performance art works of Latina artists who critically engage unethical aspects of advanced techno-culture, from workers in computer manufacturing maquiladoras to the genetically modified corn fields of Mexico.
Colombian multi-disciplinary artist Praba Pilar traverses the intersections of art and technology with satire and analysis. Best known for work merging French theorist Paul Virilio with Mexican comedian Cantinflas, her performance work has travelled internationally to museums, galleries, universities, public spaces and online channels, and has been honoured with multiple awards.
Friday, May 3, 2013
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at MAWA (611 Main Street)
Free for all!
Celebrity gawking, fear mongering, and other distractions, oh my! Is spectacle a harmless escape from reality, or something more?
Rulers throughout history have gone to great lengths to communicate and maintain their status. Whether that ruler was a dictator, royalty, religious figure, or democratically elected government, displays of power to validate and reinforce control over the masses declared who to admire, what to believe, and how to behave. Preying on core instincts to create situations that appeared effortlessly natural and self-evident, these displays of power featured elements capable of seducing people into agreement, distracting them from unpleasant truths, and/or scaring them out of rebellion.
Today’s spectacle takes many forms, from big budget events and entertainment to ever-present news media and advertising. It displays lifestyles we should envy and tells us how to succeed. It keeps us busy with news about celebrities and sports scores so we dismiss as boring anything that actually affects our lives. It sensationalizes violence while showing us what might happen if we rock the boat. It is power represented through repetitive sights and sounds, stereotypes and cliches, and other social signals about wealth, fame, and technology, and it all serves to influence general opinion and behaviour to support a consumer society and those who profit from it the most.
Taking cues from blockbuster exhibitions past and present to explore the complex nature of contemporary spectacle, A Total Spectacle is a mini spectacle about spectacle created by Winnipeg-based independent curator, Milena Placentile, in collaboration with local, national, and international artists including: Dayna Danger, Glen Johnson, Joe Johnson, Istvan Kantor, Praba Pilar, Scott Sørli, and Paul Wiersbinski.
The exhibition launches at Atomic Centre (167 Logan Avenue, Winnipeg) on May 17 from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m., with an opening ceremony beginning promptly at 8:00 p.m.
Regular open hours from May 18 – June 9 are as follows:
The following events will take place in relation to the exhibition:
Admission to the exhibition and all related events is free of charge. Please stay tuned for details!
This exhibition has been made possible with thanks to generous financial support from the Canada Council for the Arts through a program formerly known as “Independent Critics and Curators in the Visual Arts Program”, which provided opportunities for creative intellectual research and production initiated by curators working beyond conventional institutional frameworks.
The curator and artists would also like to acknowledge the generous in-kind and promotional support of Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art, Martha Street Studios / Manitoba Printmakers Association, Central Canadian Centre for Performance, RAW: Gallery of Architecture and Design, Edge Village and Gallery, and Akimbo.ca =-)
Graphic design by Colourblind Graphic Design.
Background, for those who like details
“La dottrina del fascismo” (“The Doctrine of Fascism”), written by Giovanni Gentile in 1932 and attributed to Benito Mussolini in 1933, describes fascism as the harmonization of business and labour in the interest of the State. Appreciating Mussolini’s commitment to reduced taxation and union busting, wealthy business owners granted him their support before realizing he aimed to personally control Italy’s various industries by means of a dictatorship. As the self-declared undisputed head of state, Mussolini detested bourgeois luxury and ultimately dismissed the authority of business owners as subordinate to his own. Business owners in Germany experienced similar difficulty controlling Adolph Hitler, the dictator they funded as a way to control striking workers by proxy.
Through the course of events associated with World War II, Mussolini’s Fascism and Hitler’s Nazism were dismantled. Around this time, wealthy business owners and other members of the global elite figured something out: why buy social control via individual, charismatic leaders when you can buy the whole system instead? Representing what became known as the Austrian school of Economics, Friedrich Hayek and Ludwig von Mises co-organized a meeting in 1947 at Hôtel du Parc, near Vevey, Switzerland, that established a European economic federation called The Mont Pelerin Society. Designed to promote aggressive liberal/anti-socialist ideology through a decentralized network, the Society facilitated the development and funding of think tanks, policy makers, and lobby groups, as well as the grooming of politicians and backing of favourable candidates. Simultaneously, through concentrated ownership of the media producing an increasingly narrow spectrum of discourse, corporatist ideologues have compelled large segments of society into willingly surrender many of the human and environmental rights gained since the end of World War II.
Seduce ‘em with consumer goods. Distract ‘em with vapid entertainment. Control ‘em with fear. That is how to harmonize the workers and the state in the interests of business.
What are your plans for after the launch of A Total Spectacle? We’ll be going to Pin It to Win It, an amazing one of a kind burlesting event hosted by our friends Central Canadian Centre for Performance. Find all the details right here: https://www.facebook.com/events/646939255332785/?ref=ts&fref=ts. And, don’t forget, coming to A Total Spectacle and obtaining a stamp at the door with get you into the Pin It to Win It for only $10!! How can anyone say no to that?
Sunday, 18 November 2012
15:00 until 21:00
You know where…
Julia is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker currently based in Lyon now visiting Winnipeg through a residency with Atomic in partnership with Martha Street Studios and MAWA. She’d love to meet you and learn more about Winnipeg’s film scene, so let’s hang out together, share snacks, talk about our work, and watch movies!
The following is a rough idea of what we thought we could do:
3:00 — attendees each bring up to 4 copies of an in-progress script, short story, or poem to share by reading aloud or inviting people to read silently while we eat n’ socialize, so bring food and drink to share for a potluck snacky chow down and ideas ideas ideas in whatever form they may be =-)
4:30 ish — let the friendly feedback begin by sharing thoughts on one another’s in-progress work
7:00 — open screening of video format films, unless someone happens to have and bring a film projector….. it can be your own work, or found footage… whatever you want =-) Together we can come up with a way to decide which ones we’ll watch. We can go as late as we wanna.
All in all, this is a great chance to talk about new ideas and mull over old ones. It might even be a chance to meet someone new and get involved in something cool that you didn’t already know what happening / in the works. Fun? Yes!
Oh, now is also a good time to mention that Julia is shooting footage for her project, “Architecture of an Atom,” on Dec 2nd so coming to this event is not only a chance to for you to meet, but it could also be a great way to see if you wanna get in on the filmmaking fun =-)